Romeo and Juliet Prologue Activities

Instructor: Jason Lineberger

Jason has 20 years of education experience including 14 years of teaching college literature.

The prologue to 'Romeo and Juliet' may only be 14 lines, but students need to feel confident in their understanding of it before they tackle the rest of the play. This lesson contains activities that will help students gain that confidence.

Approaches to the Prologue

This lesson has five approaches to teaching the Prologue to Romeo and Juliet, which include ones that would take a single class period to some that would require several. The activities range from low to high tech and are designed to meet a variety of learning styles, so you can choose ones that will best meet the needs of your students.

Sonnet Analysis

For an honors-level class or for groups with some academically-inclined students, one approach would be to recognize that the prologue is written as a Shakespearean sonnet. There is a teachable technique for sonnet analysis, and once students learn that, they can apply the same technique to the prologue. The list below quickly goes through the steps in this activity.

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